Position Summary

Descriptive Title

29-21 Area Extension Agent Entomology Tri River Area, Mesa County, Grand Junction, CO

Salary and Other Benefits

The salary range for this position is $44,500 - $72,000. Starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

Position Description

We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and providing culturally responsive programs and services. Therefore, we encourage responses from people of all backgrounds and abilities. We invite you to review Colorado State University’s Principles of Community that guide our mission and vision of access, teaching, service and engagement.

The Tri River Area (TRA) is a multi-county partnership including Mesa, Delta, Montrose, and Ouray counties. Mesa County has a population of approximately 155,000 with Grand Junction as the primary urban community. Grand Junction serves as a major trade and medical center for western Colorado and eastern Utah. The county office is in Grand Junction. Delta County has a population of approximately 30,000 and the county office is in Delta. Montrose County has a population of approximately 41,000 and the county office is located in Montrose. Ouray County has a population of approximately 4,100 with the county office housed in the Montrose office. The area population is growing as people relocate for employment, retirement, and the desirability of the area as a place to live. Natural wonders provide abundant year-round recreational activities including camping, skiing, hiking, hunting and fishing.

To learn more about Colorado State University Extension, go to http://extension.colostate.edu/. For more information about the Tri River Area Extension, go to https://tra.extension.colostate.edu/.

Colorado State University encourages professional development and provides an Employee Study Privilege with up to 9 credit hours of tuition assistance annually.


The Area Extension Agent will work as part of the Tri River Area Extension Program. The position will provide leadership, guidance, organization, management, and educational opportunities supporting Entomology/Pest Management needs in the Tri River Area. This position will also provide support in soil and crop science, support to all classes of commercial agriculture, small acreage management and landscape pest management.


Program Planning, Development, Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting: 60%

  • Take the lead in organizing the Western Colorado Pest Management Workshop.
  • Respond to requests for field calls involving agronomic and pest management issues in commercial agriculture, pest management issues affecting public resources, and reports of potential new exotic invaders.
  • Answer phone and personal office visit requests for information in the agriculture, natural resources, horticulture, residential/commercial, and public health disciplines.
  • Work with local and regional media to provide factual, scientific, and experience-based information for production of quality news reports when necessary.
  • Actively participate in one or more Extension work teams to provide expertise for program and information development, delivery and evaluation efforts statewide.
  • Provide program and information delivery support to colleagues in area(s) of specified expertise as appropriate.
  • Effectively communicate and coordinate resources, research and programming with personnel/staff of Colorado State University and other organizations.
  • Organize, create and present programming at workshops and other public education events. This includes presentations as an invited speaker at events organized by non-CSU entities and at events organized within TRA and CSU.
  • Maintain and update the Western Colorado Insects website.

Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.

Initiate and Develop Relationships and Partnerships: 20%

  • Work as a liaison between regional growers and regulatory agencies (Colorado Department of Agriculture, EPA) in developing 24C and Section 18 label requests.
  • Manage and assist research and insect programs that support regional agriculture pest management needs.
  • Assure compliance with civil rights and affirmative action policies, including reaching out to underserved and underrepresented audiences.

Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.

Volunteer Recruitment, Development and Management: 10%

  • Assist TRA offices with insect and plant diagnostics, including training of staff and Master Gardener volunteers.
  • Maintain effective communication with Colorado State University personnel, community leaders, and other agencies/organizations to enhance strong program development, delivery and evaluation.

Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.

Administration and Supervision: 10%

  • Report activities through the CSU Extension planning and reporting system and through TRA reporting protocols.
  • Supervises 1 FTE Research Associate position.
  • Provide supervision and guidance for seasonal employees doing pest management and monitoring work.
  • Build and innovate an environment of teamwork and collaboration within the Tri River Area as well as with external partners.

Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.


  • Completed bachelor’s degree.
  • Degree must be in entomology, agriculture, natural resources, agronomy, plant pathology or a closely related field.
  • A successful candidate without a completed master’s will be required to complete a master’s degree relevant to their Extension position within 5 years from the start of employment and must initiate the degree process within 12 months of the hire date. Failure to do so will result in termination unless a compelling reason is accepted by the Vice President of Engagement and Extension.
  • Course work and/or professional experience must provide a broad and significant understanding of entomology and pest management.
  • Ability to communicate through teaching, public speaking/presentation and writing as demonstrated through application materials and experience.
  • Demonstrated experience working with people as individuals and in groups; ability to forge equitable and successful partnerships with other professionals and organizations.
  • Demonstrated use of technology in managing and/or delivering educational programs.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date.


  • Completed master’s degree.
  • Experience in identifying outside funding sources to support program activities.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with mass media (TV, Internet, radio, newspapers).
  • Ability to speak Spanish.


Colorado State University is committed to providing employees with a strong and competitive benefits package that supports you, your health, and your family. Visit CSU’s Human Resources website for detailed benefit plan information for permanent full-time and part-time faculty and administrative professional employees in the following University benefit areas. https://hr.colostate.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2021/01/benefits-summary-afap.pdf.


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The Title IX Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Title IX Programs and Gender Equity, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715, titleix@colostate.edu.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836, oeo@colostate.edu.

The Coordinator for any other forms of misconduct prohibited by the University’s Policy on Discrimination and Harassment is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, Co. 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836, oeo@colostate.edu.

Any person may report sex discrimination under Title IX to the Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education.


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For full consideration, all materials must be RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Monday, October 18, 2021. Please submit the following to apply:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Transcript of college(s) course work showing degrees conferred. Please remove all references to birth date or social security number.
  • Special Required Documentation – Statement (no more than 5 pages) of how you meet all applicable “Required” and “Preferred” Job Qualifications. Please respond to each bullet point separately.

All applicants will be contacted approximately 15 working days after the deadline regarding their status. Next steps and interview dates will be shared to those moving forward. Four professional references will be requested of applicants that advance in the interview process.

For questions regarding the application process, contact the Office of Equal Opportunity at (970) 491-5836 or email oeo@colostate.edu. For questions regarding the job vacancy, responsibilities, and salary, please contact Darrin Parmenter at (970) 759-4369 or Darrin.Parmenter@colostate.edu.

Driver’s license or alternate transportation required?